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  • Title
    Gwen Friend theatrical photographs and programs, ca. 1920-1961 / various photographers
  • Creator
  • Call number
    PXE 1260
    PXA 1545
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1920-1960
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Physical Description
    Approx. 200 photographs - 37.5 x 30 cm and smaller
    Printed items - 10 theatre programs: - 29 x 22 cm and smaller

    Gwen Friend (b. 1923), sister of Donald Friend, artist, was a partner with Fifi Banvard in the theatrical company Fifi Banvard Productions. Fifi Banvard was a popular stage and radio actor and was the first woman to be an actor/manager in the Australian theatre. In 1950 they obtained a lease of the Theatre Royal in Hobart where the company played a season from July 1950 to March 1951.
  • Scope and Content
    PXE 1260
    Collection of photographs of actors and productions, with program for "Bye Bye Birdie".

    PXA 1545/Box 1
    Collection of photographs of actors, productions and programs titled "Variety".
    Family photographs.

    PXA 1545/Box 2
    Collection of photographs of actors and productions titled "Singer-Dancers Men".

    PXA 1545/Box 3
    Collection of photographs of actors and productions titled "Children Boys".

    Actors include Yvonne Banvard (known as Fifi), Gwen Plumb, Ruth Cracknell, Gordon Chater, Mo (Roy Rene), Grant Taylor, David Nettheim, Trader Faulkner, William Rees, June Clyde. Also includes photographs of Gwen Friend and Sir William McKell.
    Shows include Dream girls (Minerva Theatre), Bye Bye Birdie, Streets of London (Hobart), Good luck (Hobart), Nude with violin (New Zealand), Eureka Stockade, Ah, Wilderness (Hobart), Monday Next (Hobart), Bye Bye Birdie (Her Majesty's Theatre.

    Forms part of Gwen Friend papers, 1903-1965 re the theatre and Fifi Banvard Productions at MLMSS 3403
  • Copying Conditions
    Copyright restrictions may apply: Photographs created before 1955 are out of copyright. Photographs created after 1955 are in copyright.
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and copyright holders.
  • General note

    Pic.Acc. Update Project - Information transferred from Pic.Acc.4179 as part of the eRecords Project, 2012-2013
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